Closing remarks by Dr. Michael Balcomb in ILC 2021

Thank you everybody. What a journey it's been these last three days. We've had eight very successful webinars. We've heard from all different aspects of life: political, diplomatic, business, arts, culture, media, and I must admit I've learned a lot.

In the beginning, I was a little skeptical about whether people from other parts of the world could reasonably expect to have an impact on Korean unification, but during these past three days, I was reminded time and again that Korea was divided not by its own will, but by the forces of the great powers, and so it is our business that Korea comes back together.

We also learned about how that might happen, and there were three themes that really stood out. The first one is that the traditional methods have failed. Now, what do I mean by the traditional methods? I think based on the logic of power, that somehow North Korea will collapse, and that South Korea will win, but it is very clear that North Korea is not going to collapse and that any approach to defeat North Korea by force, or power, or sanctions, or demanding this or that concession, is probably not going to work. Koreans are a proud people. They have a long culture and history, they are not going to give that up, and why should they?

Secondly, we learned that human relationships are extremely important, and there were many beautiful examples of cultural trips to North Korea, the exchange of music, art, food, etc. The Korean wave that's sweeping the world of culture, but also specific efforts like Father and Mother moon's visit to Pyongyang back in 1991 thirty years ago. And we heard that really there can't be enough human interaction, and right now, there’s a lack of it because of all the barriers. So, if we are able to open up new communications, new ways that families can get together, that will do more for unification perhaps than almost anything else.

However, even that is not really enough, and Mother moon has emphasized that there are some problems that can't be solved simply by human effort. We need to call on divine help, God's help. That may not be so fashionable these days, but in the past it was not uncommon for a King or an American president to call the nation to fasting and prayer, and to ask for God's intervention.

So, with that in mind, I want to thank everybody who joined our various webinars, our speakers, our panelists; your contribution was extremely important. We look forward to continuing the relationship and, as we close, let us give thanks to God and ask for his help in bringing peace, not only to the Korean Peninsula, but to our fractured world.

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